Isinbayeva to face three opponents in bid to become Russian athletics chief

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Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is among four candidates to register for an election to choose a new president of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), the organisation said on its official website.

Russian media say Isinbayeva, who won gold at the Athens and Beijing Games, is the frontrunner for the job.

The other candidates are current president Dmitri Shlyakhtin, who has headed ARAF since January, its general secretary Mikhail Butov and the 2008 Olympics high jump champion Andrei Silnov, the website said.

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